"Handcrafted from our original heritage vines and a pure expression of Cabernet from our home in Stevens Valley. The 2018 vintage was exceptional, producing a finely structured and savoury wine bursting with complexity and allure. A wine that will be long lived."
Fruit from the Estate Old Block (planted 1978) and the North vineyard, Block 12 (planted 1995), both to the Houghton clone. Matured for 18 months in French oak (46% new). This wine absolutely needs a decant prior to drinking, so this bracket was poured before lunch – it has been in the glass nearly an hour – and still it is opening. The tannins require us to start at the finish, as they close around the fruit. However, they are superfine, pumice-like, and shape the red fruit in the mouth. This is a sophisticated, powder-fine cabernet that shows the power and might of the 2018 vintage, albeit in its inherently restrained manner. This is svelte and it will live an age.
97 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
"This rich and concentrated red shows ripe cassis and blueberry character with some tomato-leaf and sweet vanilla notes. Some baked spice, too. Full-bodied, the chewy tannin structure balances well with bright acidity, adding complexity and depth on the palate with an earthy finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
93 points - James Suckling